2022 NDMEA Elections

Voting Open from February 15-March 15th, 2022.
Results will be shared at our General Meeting March 24th at 1:30 PM.

Meet the President Elect Candidate

Antoine Poitras is in his 9th year of teaching for Beulah Public Schools in Beulah, ND. Antoine directs and teaches the high school band, junior high band, 6th grade band, 5th grade band, applied junior high lessons, high school jazz ensemble, junior high jazz ensemble, and music history. Poitras’s students and their ensembles have received numerous awards at both regional and state music contests.

Antoine received his Bachelor of Music in Education degree from North Dakota State University in 2013. At NDSU, he was deeply involved in the Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, and saxophone studio, and participated in two regional MTNA Chamber Music Competitions. Professional affiliations include NDNBA and NAfME. 

 

In addition to his duties in Beulah, he enjoys practicing and performing music, cooking, and woodworking. Antoine resides in Beulah with his lovely wife, Rachel, their son and daughter, Miles and Amelia, and their quirky Goldendoodle, Doby.

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Antoine Poitras

President Elect Candidate

Rachel Frank

West General Music Rep Candidate

Jesslyn Hall

West General Music Rep Candidate

Meet The West Rep Candidates

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Antoine Poitras

West Band Rep Candidate

Antoine Poitras is in his 9th year of teaching for Beulah Public Schools in Beulah, ND. Antoine directs and teaches the high school band, junior high band, 6th grade band, 5th grade band, applied junior high lessons, high school jazz ensemble, junior high jazz ensemble, and music history. Poitras’s students and their ensembles have received numerous awards at both regional and state music contests.

Antoine received his Bachelor of Music in Education degree from North Dakota State University in 2013. At NDSU, he was deeply involved in the Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble, and saxophone studio, and participated in two regional MTNA Chamber Music Competitions. Professional affiliations include NDNBA and NAfME. 

 

In addition to his duties in Beulah, he enjoys practicing and performing music, cooking, and woodworking. Antoine resides in Beulah with his lovely wife, Rachel, their son and daughter, Miles and Amelia, and their quirky Goldendoodle, Doby.

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Sonja Plautz

West Band Rep Candidate

Sonja Plautz is a 2011 graduate of Valley City State University where she majored in K-12 Music Education. While studying trombone under Dr. James Adams, Sonja was awarded Outstanding Brass Performer and Outstanding Music Major. She participated in many music ensembles and was an active member of the local NAfME (formerly CMENC) chapter. 

Plautz is currently in her 9th year as the K-12 Music Teacher in Glen Ullin, ND. Her students regularly participate in honor festivals and compete in region and state music contests. The Glen Ullin Band has played for the State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament and at Bismarck Larks baseball games.

 

Sonja is also active in the music community around Bismarck. She plays trombone in the West River Winds Community Band where she serves as the board secretary and membership chair. She also plays in the Missouri River Community Band, Kaleidoscope Band, Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra, and Legion Band. Sonja has assisted with the Mandan High School Marching Band camp and with St. Mary's beginning band camp.

 

Sonja is excited for the opportunity to serve on the NDMEA Board and represent Class B schools! Music has always played an important role in her life, and she hopes to instill the love of music in the younger generation.

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Rachel Frank

West General Music Rep Candidate

Rachel Frank currently teaches PreK-12 music at Underwood Public School and is in her 8th year of teaching. She previously taught 5-12 Band/7-12 Choir at Divide County Schools.

 

Rachel studied music education at Minnesota State University Moorhead and was the founding president of the university’s collegiate NAfME chapter. She has taken Orff Level 1 and World Music Drumming Level 1.

 

Rachel is a member of NAfME, ACDA, NBA, and AOSA, and is currently serving as the West Region General Music Representative for NDMEA. She has also been teaching private guitar students for 16 years. Rachel and husband Tim have two little girls, Eleanor and Emmelin. 

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Jesslyn Hall

West General Music Rep Candidate

Jesslyn Hall is in her 6th year of teaching. She currently teaches K-4 music at Hazen Elementary.  Previously she taught 5 years of PK-5th grade music, high school choir, miscellaneous middle school music classes, and assisted with high school band at St. John Public School.

 

Jesslyn is an active member of Prairie Winds Orff (PWO) serving as Program Chair and Secretary.  She has completed her two levels of Orff Schulwerk training.  She is currently working on her Masters in Music Education with a Concentration in Autism through Boston Conservatory at Berklee. 

 

Jesslyn holds memberships with NAfME, American Orff Schulwerk Association, PWO, NDMEA, North Dakota United, and Hazen Educators Association.  She has received scholarships for advanced training from AOSA and NDU.

 

Jesslyn participates in church choir and handbells in Washburn at First Lutheran.  She is also a member of the United Ringers handbell choir of Hazen.  In the summer she works at the International Music Camp where she has worked many different positions and attended camp sessions as a student.

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Connie Stordalen

West Choral Rep Candidate

Connie Stordalen is in her 24th year of teaching Vocal Music Education in North Dakota. For the past eight years, Connie has been the Director of Choirs at Horizon Middle School in Bismarck. She teaches 6th-8th vocal music, show choir and is the Horizon Musical Theatre Director.

 

After receiving her K-12 Vocal and Instrumental Music Education degree from North Dakota State University, Connie taught K-5 music in the Grand Forks Public Schools system for 15 years. In addition to her K-5 position, Connie was one of the Associate Directors with the Grand Cities Children's Choir and in the summer months, held multiple positions with Grand Forks SPA, (Summer Performing Arts). 

 

Connie is an active member of ND ACDA, currently serving as the ND President-Elect. In addition, she has had the honor of directing multiple ND ACDA Surround the State in Song choir festivals, and was the 2015 ND ACDA Middle Level/Junior High Treble Honor Choir Director. Connie is also a ND vocal adjudicator and guest director around the state.

 

Connie enjoys spending time with her husband Erik, Associate Director of Bands at Century High School, and children Konnor, Samantha, and MeKayla. Connie would be honored to serve again as the NDMEA West Choral Representative.

 

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Jeremy Overbeck

West Orchestra Rep Candidate

Jeremy Overbeck grew up in Fargo ND and attended Concordia College in Moorhead MN where he graduated with a Bachelors of Music, Music Education degree in May of 2004.  Jeremy then moved with his family to Bismarck ND where he began his teaching career in the Bismarck Public School system.  In 2016, he received his Masters of Music Education, Conducting Emphasis through Colorado State University, Fort Collins campus. 

 

He currently teaches orchestra at Horizon Middle School and Century High School in grades 7-12.  Jeremy is also active in the community as well.  He plays in the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra and is the past Principal Cello of the Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra.  He performs in many small groups through out the year for various events. 

 

Jeremy is a member of NAfME where he is the current west representative for orchestra and ASTA where he is a member at large.  In 2020, Jeremy was named a Quarter Finalist for the Grammy Music Educator of the Year Award through the Grammy Foundation.  Jeremy and his wife Alicia have four children; Joseph, Emma, Brooklyn, and Zachary and a Golden-Doodle named Bella.